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There’s a dedicated group of volunteers in Dunedin. They head out every Wednesday, rain or shine, and clear DOC’s back-country tracks for hikers to enjoy. The Green Hut Track Group have been volunteering for 20 years, and they’re all older than my granddad.

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Our first job for the new kiwi project at Shy Lake was to get radio transmitters on enough adults that we could hope for a worthwhile sample this year in terms of survival monitoring.

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For 30 years, DOC have been New Zealand’s Rural Fire Authority. This means that many staff are trained to fight fires, and do so on public conservation land when necessary.

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Having chosen a site that would work for our study, we need to catch some adult kiwi and attach radio transmitters to their legs.

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Last month, resident Dave Sutherland launched his suburb’s attack on pests in Porirua’s Titahi Bay.

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DOC’s Jessica Ayres-Greager joins ranger and kiwi guru Rolf Fuchs for a day out in the field tracking down Northland’s first kiwi chicks of the season.

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These are the eggs of our native kauri snail. These giant snails can live for 20 years or more, and are very active – for snails. They have been known to move a whole 10 metres in two weeks.

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